Find­ing your per­fect fit

NT News - Real Estate - - Real Estate - JENNIFER VEERHUIS

QI’ve been look­ing into build­ing with a dis­play home builder but the floor­plans I find on­line have me com­pletely lost. It’s re­ally hard to work out if the rooms will be big enough or if my fur­ni­ture will fit. Am I the only one who feels this way?

AThere’s a mas­sive dif­fer­ence be­tween look­ing at a floor­plan on a piece of pa­per and com­par­ing it to an ac­tual house. Met­ri­con de­sign di­rec­tor Adrian Pop­ple, agrees a lot of peo­ple strug­gle to un­der­stand floor­plans.

“What else do you buy that’s not to scale, that’s not full size?” Adrian says. “You wouldn’t buy a car based on a model match­box car.

“To most peo­ple, a floor­plan is a lot of lines on a piece of pa­per, it doesn’t mean much. How do you re­late a bed­room the size of a postage stamp to some­thing full size?”

As­pects not in­cluded on floor­plans in­clude the pro­por­tion and amount of light that win­dows will al­low into a home, cab­i­netry de­tails, el­e­va­tions, ceil­ing heights, and ad­di­tional as­pects such as where cor­nice lines meet, bulk­heads and more de­tailed junc­tions.

Adrian says peo­ple’s anx­i­ety lev­els can in­crease when they’re look­ing at a floor­plan and start to con­sider as­pects such as fur­ni­ture place­ment.

“It de­pends on where you are in your jour­ney,” he says. “With first-home buy­ers, it’s re­ally about the ac­com­mo­da­tion, so the more rooms the bet­ter,” he says. “Then you get peo­ple who have built (be­fore) e and have got a bit more of an idea of it. They want to make sure their fur­ni­ture and their art­work and their col­lecta­bles and all those things fit into those spa­ces.

The an­swer is to get in­side dis­play ver­sion of the house in ques­tion — or one sim­i­lar.

Adrian sug­gests prospec­tive buy­ers speak with their builder’s sales staff, and walk though a dis­play home with them to dis­cuss room sizes, pas­sage widths and other as­pects that are un­clear from the floor­plan.

“We build (dis­play homes) so peo­ple can touch and feel and get a sense of size and pro­por­tion, lay­out and flow and see the re­la­tion­ship be­tween rooms and the width of pas­sage­ways,” he says. “Fur­ni­ture place­ment, the size of fur­ni­ture and what you can fit into a room is re­ally im­por­tant and you don’t get that sense from a floor­plan, which you do when you’re in a dis­play home.

“Cus­tomers might be build­ing a house that is not on dis­play but they can go in (to a sim­i­lar de­sign), mea­sure rooms and get a feel for a sim­i­lar lay­out and pro­por­tions and an un­der­stand­ing of that space.”

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